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FTC Advisory Opinion Says Hospital’s Proposed Prescription Program for Affiliated Entity Employees is Exempt from Robinson-Patman...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an advisory opinion confirming that a non-profit hospital in New York may sell discounted prescription drugs to the employees of an affiliated medical practice...more

What the DOJ’s Potential Policy Shift on Qui Tam Actions May Mean for Businesses

by Polsinelli on

In a surprise announcement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the government will move to dismiss a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act when it determines that the case has no merit. ...more

White Collar Courier: Delivering News and Providing Guidance in White Collar Matters

by Burr & Forman on

Before joining Burr & Forman, I was a federal prosecutor for a little over a decade focusing on health care fraud and general white collar matters. In that role, I was a member of a prosecution team that secured guilty...more

Resistance Or Retaining Shred of Dignity? Kentucky Responds On Kindred

If I had to choose a favorite subset of arbitration cases, it might be the ones that come after SCOTUS remands to a state supreme court. How does a state high court full of accomplished professionals, the cream of the legal...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislature Sustains Governor's Veto of Marijuana Implementation Legislation - On Monday, November 6, the Legislature met for the second day of the Special Session to take up the Governor’s veto of the marijuana...more

Increased Use of Checklists in Compliance Investigations

by Polsinelli on

Every day, people rely on highly skilled professionals to recall from memory a litany of information which helps them assess conditions, use their judgment, and respond accordingly. It should come as no surprise then, that...more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare-Provider Transactions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the trend of acquisitions of physician practices and mergers of hospitals continues, so does antitrust scrutiny of these deals. There was activity this week in three different proposed transactions that caught the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - November 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Planning for a "Soft" Yates Repeal - Forthcoming changes to the Department of Justice’s “Yates Memorandum” offer unanticipated legal compliance consequences for health systems that merit proactive consideration by the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Renato Mariotti Declares Bid for Illinois Attorney General- Democrat Renato Mariotti, a cable news commentator and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago,...more

Building a Health App? Part 7: Commercialization and Strategic Partners

Given the uncertainty in reimbursement from private insurance and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, it is important early on to consider how best to land and leverage relationships with key customers and...more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...more

Building a Health App? Part 6: HIPAA and Other Privacy and Security Considerations

Consumers are increasingly turning to health apps for a variety of medical and wellness-related purposes. This has in turn caused greater amounts of data—including highly sensitive information—to flow through these apps....more

Blue Wolf Capital Closes New Fund at $540 Million

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Blue Wolf Capital Partners has announced it has closed its fourth fund (Blue Wolf Capital Fund IV) with $540 million in total equity commitments....more

Clinical trials Part I: The upcoming clinical trials reporting rule

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2007, Congress passed the “Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007,” the purpose of which was, in part, to update the FDA’s rules surrounding clinical trials. The FDA took nearly a decade to review the law,...more

Insurer Liable Though Physician Skips Med Mal Trial

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Lancet Indemnity’s $1 M med mal policy had a standard clause requiring the insured, Dr. Ishtiaq Malik, to cooperate and assist Lancet and appointed counsel in investigating and defending claims. But when the family of...more

Children's Products and the "Internet of Things": Data Privacy Beyond COPPA

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In this internet age, "smart" children’s products—those that collect, transmit or store electronic data—are on the rise. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.3 billion in sales by 2020. Manufacturers of...more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Building a Health App? Part 5: Contracting for Health App Construction

As you take your health app from innovative idea to reality, you will be engaging in a development project that will likely entail the procurement of technology, services and perhaps even content from third parties. For...more

Compulsory Licensing of Biopharmaceutical Inventions

Very few topics in international intellectual property have been as controversial as compulsory licenses. While the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sets minimum standards for...more

Medtail: Why Your Doctor Is Treating You in a Strip Mall

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail universe is well aware of the hype that it is only a matter of time until brick and mortal retail succumbs to its online competitors. However, despite the “doom and gloom” we generally see in headlines, retail has...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

Massachusetts DPH Clears the Air for For-Profit Conversion of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided a much anticipated pathway to enable for-profit entities to operate Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs). DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program (the “RMD...more

Shanghai Tightens Industry Interactions with HCPs

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In August 2017, multiple departments of Shanghai government, led by Shanghai’s Health and Family Planning Commission (“Shanghai HFPC”), jointly issued a series of administrative rules (collectively, “Recent Shanghai Rules”)...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

By now, most people that follow financial news are aware that the amount of troubled healthcare related companies are on the rise, which by its very nature, causes more distressed healthcare related debt in the market....more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - October 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Governance Implications of Equifax - Numerous elements of the Equifax controversy implicate corporate governance across a broad range of oversight, insurance, executive transition and accountability topics. These are...more

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